Sony can do no wrong in the United States it seems, as the PlayStation 4 was once again the best selling system in the all-important nation during July. Despite a lack of new releases, the continued popularity of the Japanese giant's exclusive Batman: Arkham Knight bundle pushed the organisation's box out in front – a spot that it's occupied three months in a row now.
"We are truly humbled by the success of the PS4, and we would like to thank gamers for making it the top-selling console and number one in software sales in the United States in July," a spokesperson told Games Beat. "We are looking forward to delighting fans next month with the launch of the Limited Edition Destiny: The Taken King PS4 bundle on 15th September."
While it was a particularly pleasant month for PlayStation, the industry as a whole fared just fine. Total physical spend reached $541.9 million, up six per cent year-over-year. This wasn't down to the release of new software, however. "[The growth was] driven by modest hardware growth and double-digital accessory growth as software sales remained flat," said NPD analyst Liam Callahan.
LEGO Jurassic World topped the charts, as part of a double-header for Warner Bros. Naturally, the brilliant Batman: Arkham Knight finished in second, while Minecraft and Grand Theft Auto V fleshed out the top four. Rory McIlroy PGA Tour was the best selling new game in July, exceeding the launch numbers of its predecessor by a whopping 70 per cent. That's despite mixed reviews, too.
The one thing that the software chart doesn't take into account is bundle sales, so it's likely that Rocksteady's sequel was actually the best selling game when you consider the aforementioned PS4 packages, but obviously we can't say that for certain without access to the actual numbers.
Still, we reckon that the August results are going to be tough to call. With some moderately sized Xbox One exclusives on the agenda this month and shoppers waiting for that abovementioned Destiny set, we suspect that things could be closer. With bundles proving so popular at the moment, though, Sony will be pretty excited about those Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and Star Wars: Battlefront packages that it inevitably has waiting in the wings.
Top Ten Physical Retail Releases: July 2015
- LEGO Jurassic World (360, 3DS, PS3, Xbox One, Wii U, PS4, Vita)
- Batman: Arkham Knight (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
- Minecraft (360, PS3 ,Xbox One, PS4)
- Grand Theft Auto V (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, PC)
- Rory Mcilroy PGA Tour (PS4, Xbox One)
- The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
- Destiny (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3)
- Mortal Kombat X (PS4, Xbox One)
- FIFA 15 (PS4, 360, Xbox One, PS3, Wii, Vita, 3DS)
- Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, PC)